The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is pleased to respond to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Solicitation of Input from Stakeholders on Agricultural Innovations.
BIO applauds USDA for taking a proactive approach and seeking information about facilitating the transformative breakthroughs for agriculture to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and increase agricultural production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint by 50 percent.
Achieving this goal and addressing the challenges of climate change and inequality in society, will require the rapid development and deployment of biology-based technologies throughout the agricultural supply chain. It will require USDA and the federal government to establish supportive policies and regulations, provide robust funding for research and development, modernize infrastructure, support all farmers and ranchers, and build public support of new technologies.
We urge the Administration to seize the opportunity to expand on this American leadership, by acting and supporting the pro-innovation technologies and policies we outlined in our comments. We look forward to our continued partnership in this critical endeavor.